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Trump plows into G-7 summit, facing foreign critics

10 June 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump told Group of Seven leaders that the United States wanted a quick end to trade practices that he says have led to an exodus of American companies and jobs to other countries.

"PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he 'will not be pushed around.' Very dishonest and weak".

Trudeau also said Canada would move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1 in response to tariffs on steel and aluminium imports into the USA from Canada, Mexico and European Union (EU) countries announced by Trump on May 31.

Trump accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of making "false statements", and threatened new automobile tariffs in a series of tweets he posted after leaving the talks in Charlevoix, Quebec.

The Prime Minister said the United Kingdom still wanted to discuss a post-Brexit trade deal with the U.S. and said Mr Trump was still looking forward to July's visit to Britain.

Talks to modernize NAFTA, which started last August, have effectively stalled as Canada and Mexico resist USA demands for major changes such as the sunset clause and boosting the North American content of autos made in the three nations.

"The U.S.is officially in a trade war with Canada", Buzzfeed reporter David Mack wrote in response to Trump's tweet.

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"If a deal isn't made, that would be a very bad thing for Canada and it would be a very bad thing for Mexico", Trump said.

Trump's counterparts in the G7 have been scrambling this week to try to find some semblance of consensus with Washington on trade and the other key issues that have formed the basis of the 42-year-old organization. "And we charge nothing", he said.

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the leaders' statement read.

The tweets will be a serious and completely unexpected blow to the French president Emanuel Macron and the German chancellor Angela Merkel, who believed a deal to smooth over tensins on US-European trade had been agreed.

"We're either going to have NAFTA in a better negotiated form or we're going to have two deals", the USA president said.

'Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't, ' McCain continued.

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Trudeau said Canada wasn't backing down.

Larry Kudlow, the president's top economic adviser and a staunch advocate of free trade, said the suggestion of no tariffs led to productive discussions with the other world leaders.

"We're either going to have NAFTA in a better negotiated form or we're going to have two deals", the USA president said.

G7 member countries say that despite the sharp tensions they had signed the joint statement advocating a "rules-based trading system".

Shortly before leaving, he also told reporters that the decision to remove Russian Federation from the group of the world's most advanced economies over the annexation of Crimea should be reversed.

Macron called a meeting Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, new Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte and top European Union officials just before the G-7 opening.

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Trump plows into G-7 summit, facing foreign critics